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ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Assists in ensuring services provided to consumers are person-centered and meet the consumers’ needs
  • Actively participates in the IL Community of Practice (COP) in order to support learning of peers, contribute articles and discuss experiences and challenges. 
  • Plans lessons and provides skills training in the area of independent living based upon the findings of the evaluation, using specific methods and adaptations required to teach individuals who are DeafBlind
  • Participates in EPM and team meetings to share information pertaining to consumer skill development, 
  • progress and transition to place of residence in home state. Supports the transdisciplinary team effort to enable the consumer to meet his/her individual goals.  Supports the vocational goal as it is related to the skills of IL.  
  •  Documents consumers’ skills during training sessions to monitor progress; identifies challenges and constraints; develops strategies and remedies; and provides formal reports to VRC’s.
  • Performs program and department management activities needed for the smooth flow of service to the consumer in the Independent Living area. Assumes additional responsibility for Independent Living equipment maintenance and replacement.
  • Works on activities related to Independent Living program development. This will include: gathering information, investigating trends, preparing resource material and recipes for long- term consumer use, 
  • Provides information and shares recommendations regarding Independent Living skills and/or work methods to families, support staff and other professionals involved with the consumer.   
  • Provides information regarding Independent Living to professional and other interested parties. This will include: in-service training, seminars and workshops (preparation and presentation) letter and phone consultation, on site visitors, and preparation of videos and other material.
  • Provides home visits and training to both local and out-of-town consumers who are DeafBlind.  Provides IL training to consumers in the NY CSP as needed.  
  • Performs/participates in activities that promote professional development: HKNC in-service training, workshops, conferences, visits to schools, agencies and professional reading.
  • Participates in classes and workshops (some agency provided) to gain proficiency in sign language, braille, and other specialized areas that may be helpful to work at HKNC.


Bachelor’s degree in rehabilitation teaching, special education or related field required, preferably with experience teaching individuals who are DeafBlind, Deaf, Blind or have multiple disabilities 

Proficiency in American Sign Language preferred, or will be expected to learn and to develop skill in American Sign Language and braille to a working level of proficiency. 

Strong writing skill required for writing reports. 

Fully Paid Medical, Dental, and Vision Benefits* 

  • PTO, Paid Sick Time, Personal Days 
  • 12 Paid Holidays 
  • Short Term Disability/ Life Insurance
  • 403b Program with Employer Match
  • Tuition Assistance 
  • Career Advancement Opportunities  

*No-frills positions are those that receive an additional 10% premium on the hourly rate of pay, but do not participate in the Union Health Insurance Plan. Individuals seeking a No-frills position must show they have alternative insurance to be eligible.


Phone: (516) 833-8301 Ext:268

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